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New names to put on your radar from Carmel Tip-Off

2024 Kyrell Shaw (Northside Christian): Coming from Mooresville and now being a big part of Northside Christian, Shaw is a player that could garner more eyes his way. The younger brother of KC Shaw, Kyrell showed this weekend that he can be a big threat from outside if someone was looking for a shooter with range. He runs the floor and gets to his spots well, but also finished out in transition...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Stacey Palmore #6: 6’6 ’24 Antoine Hurns (Word of God) Starting things off, we look at a player who possesses a lot of intrigue and enticing tools, Antoine Hurns. He’s a long, explosive forward prospect who can overwhelm opponents with his physical presence on both ends of the floor. Hurns is a great finisher who can play well above the rim, attack off the bounce, and knock...

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Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy

Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover 1 of 1 Academy. Practicing in historic Second Ward Gymnasium, it was a treat to watch the coaching of Head Coach Jermaine Jackson. Talk about attention to detail and heavy emphasis on defense and proper close outs, the players were being coached at an extremely high level. The former Detroit-Mercy and...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2025 (Part Two)

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the top standouts from each class. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their performances at...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Day 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Both Simpkins twins are strong and play hard but Takai was especially strong and continuing to show why more schools are starting to look their way.  Takai does a tremendous job is using his length at a guard, covering a ton of ground, and finishing over defenders and at the rim, while also being able to step out. 2022 Syncere Lynch (Bull City Prep):...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 2 of HoopState Fall League (West)

2025 Tayeshaun Smith (Team 1 of 1): Smith is a young prospect that should have more eyes his way, especially with the activity level he has in the paint and on the boards.  Smith does an exceptional job in getting on the boards, creating extra opportunities, and showing his ability to get to the line. He is a young, strong, 6’8 forward that plays with a great motor and effort down low. 2025...

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MadeHoops Session II Standouts

Phenom Hoop Report was on hand at the recent Session II of the MadeHoops Winter Circuit at Boo Williams Sportsplex. Let’s take a look at some of the players who caught our attention at that event and other up and comers from the Winter Circuit.

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session III Camp Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach: Irvin Turner  #3: 4’7 ’27 Jasiye Simmons (Statesville) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to work hard each time out, Jasiye Simmons. He’s a young, quick, wiry guard prospect with solid touch and the ability to work within the flow of a team on both ends of the floor. Simmons runs the floor hard in transition and finishes well with his left hand...

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